US confirms al-Shabab leader Ahmed Godane killed


The Pentagon has confirmed the leader of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed following a US attack earlier this week.

The US carried out air strikes on Monday night destroying a vehicle and an encampment south of the capital.

Somalia's president issued a statement on Friday urging militants to embrace peace after the death of their leader.

Godane was one of the US state department's most wanted men.

It had placed a bounty of 7 million dollars on his head.

Somali analyst Nuur Mohamud Sheekh told the BBC that Godane's death "will deal a major blow to the group. He added there was no likely successor.